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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Spoon - No Bullets Spent



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I'm listening to the new Spoon and it's really, really good. (Hopefully you are now too.) I was up with the light today and I'm essentially dead right now - at least in terms of energy level, and Britt Daniel is still making an impact. [Envision me looking down at near-autonomic toe twitching right now (signs of life) and even my skepticism is impressed.] It's hard to look at the forthcoming "Best Of" album (July 26) as anything more than another shot fired by one of the great bands in America today. 


When Indie Pop was all the rage, there was Spoon. When it was time to turn the page and bring guitar into rock, Spoon was there. There's plenty of irony in Spoon songs and lots of kick in their drum. I love them more with the passing time as my ears age and learn. No Bullets Spent is the last song on the Everything Hits At Once (July 26). Perfect thing today to get me moving. 

Spoon are Britt Daniel, Jim Eno (drums) Alex Fischel (keyboard) and Gerardo Larios (guitar). Tour dates follow below. Man I wish they were the headliner on this tour. I'm all about catching them but I really would like to see an arching, double-length set with band playing songs off the last dozen or so years of my life. 




Thursday, July 11 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield WA
Saturday, July 13 Gorge Amphitheater, George WA
Monday, July 15 Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno NV *
Tuesday, July 16 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA
Wednesday, July 17 FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine CA
Friday, July 19 Park Theater, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, July 20 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA
Sunday, July 21 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, July 23 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver CO
Friday, July 26 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin TX
Saturday, July 27 The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX
Sunday, July 28 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
Tuesday, July 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, July 31 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago IL
Friday, August 2 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, August 3 DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit MI
Sunday, August 4 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, August 11 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON
Monday, August 12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
Tuesday, August 13 Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center NY
Thursday, August 15 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
Friday, August 16 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
Saturday, August 17 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Tuesday, August 20 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Wednesday, August 21 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
Thursday, August 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, August 24 Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 25 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 27 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham AL
Thursday, August 29 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
Friday, August 30 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL
all dates except 7/15 with Beck and Cage The Elephant

SPOON
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Monday, June 24, 2019

The Universe by Gregory Alan Isakov




Every time I listen to Gregory Alan Isakov I am left in complete wonder. I needed something special this morning. I awoke to face the week and found this stellar live performance in a Colorado church sponsored by our friends at the Fuel/Friends blog. (I miss you!) Isakov is gifted and his vocals here are breathtaking. This is more than just an escape - this music is a recipe to a better week. Photography/Video by Kevin Ihle. Audio here by Ian and Conor Bourgal of Blank-Tape Records. Happy Monday folks. Get to know GIA. Evening Machines is his latest album.


From the Artist Website: Many musicians have day jobs to make ends meet. However, few artists maintain the lifestyle kept by Gregory Alan Isakov. The Colorado-based indie-folk artist is a full-time farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three-acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career.

Gregory Alan Isakov
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cocaine Country Dancing by Paul Cauthen

New & Amazing - You'll have to wait until September to hear all of Room 41, the new record from Paul Cauthen. The two-year process of crafting those songs and bringing them to life was a taxing affair. Cauthen wrote many of these songs living out of a Texas hotel room as he prepared and awaited the rest of his life.




Cauthen has been a wicked purveyor of stories in mixed genres for years now. Well-steeped in country and stories of blue-collar woes, he also executes mighty well in the circles of soul and rock. None of those skills are wasted here. On the new one, "Cocaine County Dancing," Cauthen springs into action, signalling ahead that Room 41 could be one of the year's best releases. There's a lot to look forward to. 



Roll up to the club in my 1964 caddy
Straight ready to stunt
At a quarter to one
Just a looking for fun
I’ll twist for ya baby
Hit a rip for ya baby
Take another shot, get lit for ya baby
Ew wee it’s a quarter till two
What you wanna do?
Cocaine country dancing with you
I think a bit of cocaine country dancing will do
Come on let’s get it going, only you can keep me rolling
At a quarter till three, you know what I need
I’ll twist for ya baby
Hit a rip for ya baby
Take another shot get lit for ya baby
Ew wee it’s a quarter till 4
Do we have any more?
Cocaine country dancing with you
I think a bit of cocaine country dancing will do
It’s a quarter till one, been looking for fun
It’s a quarter till two, what you wanna do
It’s a quarter till three, you know what I need
It’s a quarter till four, do we have anymore
Cocaine country dancing with you
Dancing with you
I think a bit of cocaine country dancing will do
Cocaine country dancing with you
Dancing with you


PAUL CAUTHEN
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Julien Baker covers Frightened Rabbit



photo by Angela Owens

Julien Baker certainly makes impressions. After releasing one of the most vulnerable and beautiful records of 2018 (under the name boygenius, along with collaborators Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus) it was exciting to hear something new. (It feels like a gift from to know it's a Frightened Rabbit cover.) 


Fans of Frightened Rabbit are still suffering (for lack of a better word this morning) with the loss of that fantastic band's front man Scott Hutchinson. Baker is clearly a fan and she's covered Hutchinson before on tour. Baker could be my favorite vocalist in music today and it was both exciting and sad all at once to listen to The Modern Leper brought to life so unexpectedly. Let's all count our blessings. Baker is one of them. Tour dates via her website. 

Julien Baker
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Frightened Rabbit
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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Roky Erickson RIP




The passing of folks who fly a little too close to the sun has become a measurable output of our world and certainly of these times. Today in my own small way I celebrate someone who lived close to the sun and didn't die until he had done all kinds of great things. Roky Erickson was an innovator and a creative pillar for three generations of American music creators. His exit from this world does nothing to diminish his deep, lasting impact to the music community. He served to inspire and engage like no one else. A creator who challenged boundaries and makes space for other artists; a treasure.  



ROKY ERICKSON
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